The COVID crisis throws into relief what happens when grief has—quite literally—nowhere to go. The evidence suggests that most people summon strengths that surpass their own expectations.
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The integrative, reparative and restorative powers of the arts
Cathy Malchiodi PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT
It's the basis for applying expressive arts within the context of trauma-informed work.
A growing body of research underscores that play therapy is an effective approach with children. So why does play therapy continue to be misunderstood when it comes to trauma?
Your vagal nerve knows that rhythms found in humming, prosody, growling, laughing, and specific vocalizations are self-regulatory. It is a function of your internal beat.
My psychotherapy colleagues, are you entering a danger zone when it comes to maintaining the emotional stability necessary to weather the mental health tsunami of COVID-19?
The laundry lists of "how to reduce pandemic anxiety" are wearing me out. I encourage my colleagues to witness their own emotional landscape first.
Recent research explains how the arts support social engagement and significantly reduce loneliness, especially in older adults.
When it comes to traumatic stress, expressive arts therapy soothes as well as engages the body's own capacity for repair and recovery.
Expressive arts therapy is an integrative approach to health and well-being that is long overdue as a recognized form of psychotherapy.
Neuroscience has informed approaches to expressive arts with trauma. But there is a deeper explanation found in human behavior over the course of millennia.
The story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and her work with children imprisoned at Theresienstadt provides a roadmap on how to help children currently detained at the U.S. border.
What do children's drawings tell us about their experiences of detention at the U.S. Border? More importantly, can these images tell us how these children encode traumatic events?
Stories are generally told linguistically, but there is also a non-linguistic narrative—the body's posture, movements, gestures, breath, and stress responses.
Very few people have been able to manifest an accessible community for exchange and education in the field of trauma. Guy Macpherson has.
Here is a fascinating interview with psychotherapist and trauma expert Janina Fisher on the importance of healing fragmented selves through somatic approaches to reparation.
Two recent studies support music's neurobiological reward to engage the brain’s reward system via Freddie Mercury's intonations.
Former Marine Roman Baca’s vision for healing through dance extends beyond clinic and hospital walls and into the wider realms to manifest health and well-being, post-trauma.
In expressive arts therapy, we start with embodiment — a form of implicit intelligence that is in direct contrast to the prevailing notion found in most forms of psychotherapy.
No matter what approach we take in psychotherapy, it always comes back to the relationship when it comes to reparation and recovery.
I am deeply in love with the beauty of well-chosen words and those who write them. Why do you write?
Manifesting disruption can be a good thing, both within the psychotherapeutic relationship as well as within the context of social activism.
It's well past times up that we begin to dig more deeply into power differentials in relationships, including how women continue to struggle to claim time for creating.
Sometimes art therapy looks like an art class. But why is that and how does it confound public perception of the profession?
Can art materials influence your heart rate? It seems the answer may be a qualified "yes."
How is the art psychotherapy experience different from other artmaking experiences? It's time for focused research to understand this unique dynamic.
Can a relatively brief, art-based intervention presented bedside make a significant difference in the life of cancer patients? Yes.
Stephen Colbert attends an "art therapy session," sketches his feelings and lampoons the field on the venerable The Late Show.
Social networking platforms are technically not "tools" found in a proverbial digital art therapy toolbox—or are they?
Does art therapy change your mood and perception of pain? And does art making differ from other "hands-on" tasks? Here are two studies that shed some light on these questions.
Digital art therapy is a relative newcomer to the field of art therapy that includes digital communication, devices, apps and social networking; here is a brief introduction.
Sometimes a spotlight illuminates; at other times, it blinds. Art therapists are experiencing both through a White House spotlight called "Healing with the HeArt."
Cathy Malchiodi is an art therapist, visual artist, independent scholar, and author of 13 books on arts therapies, including The Art Therapy Sourcebook.